The other day, my vegan friend Bree told a story. She used to date a guy whose mother would always introduce her by saying: “This is Bree. She’s VEY-GON.”
“It was like I was from the planet Vega, in the faraway galaxy of kohlrabi,'' she says. She may as well have been—in the early days of her lifestyle change she felt “very misunderstood.”
Chances are you’ve got a vegan friend, or a few. Chances are that at some point in their lives they’ve been asked: “You won’t eat brisket, but will you have an egg?” Well, you don’t want to be any version of that person.
And if your vegan friends are anything like mine, sometimes, they need (vegan) gifts. I like to think of each occasion as an opportunity to make good on all the people who don’t totally get their life choices. But I’ll also be the first to admit it’s not always easy—my own struggle became apparent when I realized most wines aren't 100 percent vegan.
The good news is that we decided to sift through a universe of possibilities to get to the good stuff. So, here are 31 gifts—good looking, funny, nurturing, and thoughtful—that are perfect for vegans.
1. Otherland Chandelier Candle, $36
Vegan, and paraben- and cruelty-free with a really long burn time—aka the best company for a relaxed night in. Not to mention that the gift boxes are beautiful and come with a set of matches, so you don't need to wrap anything yourself.
2. Lush Bath Bomb (Avobath), $7.45
Nothing says self-care like a long hot soak. The fact that Lush's bath bombs are not tested on animals makes for even deeper relaxation. This avocado one is particularly fun and adorable with softening and soothing their skin.
3. Ekobo Baby Feeding Set, $23
If your friends have little ones, help them cut down on plastic with a non-toxic feeding set that’s stylish, lightweight, and durable.
4. Fullstar Vegetable Spiralizer, $9.99
You don't have to be vegan to love a great spiralizer, but for many a raw-food vegan, they're especially crucial.
5. Hu Chocolate Bars, $29 for four
Because a clean-eating, vegan chocolate bar sounds like a misnomer—but it doesn't have to be. Choose from a variety of flavors that'll be sure to please anyone's tastebuds.
6. Subscription to Peddler Journal, $20
Peddler Journal is a magazine from Aussie food writer Hetty McKinnon. It's a joyful celebration of the multi-cultures of home cooking and dominated by gorgeous yet uncomplicated veggie and vegan recipes.
7. Garden Jar Herb Growing Kit, $20
An itty-bitty kitchen countertop garden that literally takes up the size of a pasta jar, because...cozy apartments.
8. Make a Donation
You can help your loved one give back to charities committed to making life better for people, the planet, and animals. There are several to choose from, from the Humane Society and Animal Legal Defense Fund, to localized organizations. Chilis on Wheels, for instance, delivers free plant-based meals to communities in need.
9. Wonderful Wines Starter Pack, $60 for 3 bottles
Turns out, it’s hard to know when a wine is vegan or not, but Wonderful Wines is a cinch. Its starter pack includes a red, white, and rosé to whet their appetite.
This delicious birthday cake has four layers of cake and frosting without any eggs or dairy—proof that vegans can have their cake and eat it too.
11. Vegan and Mighty Salads by Food52, $24
Think sweet pea hummus, tempeh kebabs, and roasted cauliflower and freekeh salad. The recipes are so delicious that we think you might end up getting a set for yourself.
12. CapaBunga Multi-Pocket Canvas Market Tote, $50–$65
Perfect for farmers' market runs, this hardy and good looking tote has a pocket for everything.
Vegan leather brand Matt&Nat has the perfect cruelty-free but fashion-forward gift for your favorite vegan. Plus, this little coin purse clips onto keys to always keep it handy.
14. Chef'nCountertop Sprouter, $24.99
Small enough to hold in one hand, cute enough to look like a terrarium, and efficient enough to produce a heck-ton of sprouts.
Because enamel pins will always be cool. This one's for vegans who proudly wear their hearts (and tummies) on their shirt/apron/hat.
16. Vitamix Ascent Series A2500 Blender, $499.95
A Vitamix blender is quite fairly called the engagement ring of vegan gifts but then, some friends are just worth it.
17. Sweet Potato Soul by Jenné Claiborne, $13.98
Full of vegan twists on Southern soul food, author and blogger Jenné Claiborne had us at Bootylicious Gumbo.
For vegan, non-toxic, and cruelty-free cosmetics delivered straight to their door throughout the year.
19. Wow Cow Beach Towel, $29.99
Why sun bathe on a floral towel when you can do so on a cow motif? Every purchase of these soft and fluffy towels contributes to Mercy for Animal's mission to eradicate the raising of animals for food—something your vegan friend is likely passionate about.
20. Cultures For Health Vegan Yogurt Starter, $10.99
A vegan yogurt starter kit is the gift that will keep on giving.
21. Made by Mouth Vegan Snack Box, $102
Sweet, salty, savory, chewy, crunchy—and all plant-based.
22. Spruce And Pine Co. Zero Waste Kit, $45+
This all-inclusive kit is perfect for anyone on your list who's looking to reduce their footprint, not just vegans, with reusable utensils, lunch boxes, tote bags, straws, and more.
23. EcoTools Makeup Brush Set , $6.88
For the vegan in your life who loves to get made up: sworn-by makeup brushes that are totally cruelty-free.
24. Veja V-10 CWL Faux-Leather Trainers, $131
Sneakers that are totally on-trend, and don't use animal products? Yes, they'll love them. While some Veja styles do incorporate leather, they have a large selection of shoes made from non-animal materials.
25. Pacifica Color Quench Lip Tint, $5
Since many lip balms have beeswax in them, it's usually pertinent to check the ingredients of a beauty product before purchasing one for a vegan friend. These are 100% vegan, super moisturizing, and lightly tinted.
26. House Plant Shop Subscription, $15
We're willing to bet that the vegan in your life is also a plant parent, and in this case, a monthly houseplant subscription is the perfect thing. Each one comes sustainably packaged, includes care instructions, and all species are pet-friendly.
Another gift for the makeup- and skincare-loving vegan in your life: a set of cult faves from the ever-popular brand, Milk, that includes two serums and two face masks.
28. Five Two Organic Cotton Reusable Produce Bags, $29 for 8
What's a veggie haul without reusable bags? These come in two versatile weaves and three sizes, and are machine washable—making their reuse all the easier.
29. YARKOR Tofu Press, $23.99
This might be the most satisfying way to eliminate excess water from a block of tofu, since the transparent design lets you see the moisture being squeezed from it. Plus, now your friend's tofu has all the more room to soak up a marinade.
Transitioning into a plant-based diet might be the easier part of veganism compared to the lengthy explainers your friend often has to give, and the rolled eyes they might receive. Giving this book is a lighthearted reminder that you're here for the long run.
31. A Meaningful Conversation
Be more willing to have the kinds of empathic conversations your vegan friend is dying to have outside of her immediate vegan circle. Remember, affirming conversations go a long way in bridging boundaries.
The Food52 Vegan Cookbook is here! With this book from Gena Hamshaw, anyone can learn how to eat more plants (and along the way, how to cook with and love cashew cheese, tofu, and nutritional yeast).Order now